January 2014 on the Cheap

Welcome to a brand new year of discounts, bargains, freebies and more ideas on saving money in Portland, hooray!

Article of the Month:
The Best and Worst Things to Buy in January,” by Dealnews.com

Multiple Day Offers:
– Free: Lan Su Chinese Garden will offer a free admission for each donation of a non-perishable food item, from Saturday, January 4th through Saturday, January 11th as part of Great Eight Free Days. (General admission is regularly $9.50.) All food donated at this community event will benefit Lan Su neighbor Transition Projects.
– Submission from Katy:

““Just Like You” a theatre performance of stories that take a break from normal, written by mothers of children with developmental disabilities through a partnership between Well Arts and Northwest Down Syndrome runs January 10th-18th, Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2pm, at Portland Actors Conservatory, 1436 SW Montgomery Street, 97201. Tickets are $10 general, $5 students/seniors. For more
information, go to www.wellarts.org or call 503-459-4500.”

– Portland Area Theatre Alliance presents the Fertile Ground Festival, January 23rd – February 2nd, citywide.

Thursday 1/2:
– Free: Portland First Thursday.

Friday 1/3:
– Free: Target First Friday free admission at the Portland Children’s Museum, 4:00pm – 8:00pm.
– Free: Portland First Friday art galleries and openings.

Saturday 1/4:
– Free: Bank of America’s Museums on Us program offers free admission to the Portland Art Museum and the Portland Children’s Museum. To qualify for Museums on Us, customers must present their Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free general admission.

Sunday 1/5:
– $2: OMSI first Sunday event offers general admission for all for only $2.
– Free: Bank of America’s Museums on Us program offers free admission to the Portland Art Museum and the Portland Children’s Museum. To qualify for Museums on Us, customers must present their Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free general admission.
– Free: Cover Oregon Health Care presentation, 2:00pm at the Tigard Public Library.

Monday 1/6:
– Free: (submission from DVK) First Monday Authors in Pubs series, 7:30pm – 9:30pm (donations accepted).

Tuesday 1/7:
– Free: Hillsboro First Tuesday opening exhibits, 6:00pm – 8:00pm in downtown Hillsboro, free. Check it out at the Glenn & Viola Walters Cultural Arts Center and the Sequoia Gallery + Studios.
– Free: Lake Oswego Reads William Stafford, 6:30pm at the Lake Oswego Public Library. Stafford’s favorite cake will be served with music provided by fiddler Kathryn Claire.
– Free: Library workshop “Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning,” 6:30pm at the Woodstock Library.

Wednesday 1/8:
– $3: Wondrous Wednesday Discount Day at the World Forestry Center — admission is just $3 for all.

Saturday 1/11:
– Free: J.R.R. Tolkien Celebration at McMenamins Kennedy School features movies, workshop and music, free for all ages.

Sunday 1/12:
– Free: Documentary film screening of “A Flicker in Eternity,” 12:00pm at the Oregon Historical Society.

Monday 1/13:
– Free: PCPA Noontime Showcase presents Tears of Joy Theater, 12:00pm at Antoinette Hatfield Hall.
– Free: Oregon Encyclopedia History Night presents “Alameda Neighborhood History: Its Founding and Early Life,” 7:00pm at McMenamins Mission Theater.
– Free: Funeral planning presentation, 7:00pm at the Tigard Public Library.

Tuesday 1/14:
– $4: Oregon Zoo second Tuesday offers $4 admission for all. Ride public transit, show proof of fare and receive an additional $1.50 off.
– Free: Library workshop “How to Make Your Resolution Reality with S.M.A.R.T. Goals,” 6:00pm at the Holgate Library.
– Free: Race Talks: Opportunities for Dialogue presents “No More Pushouts! Stopping the School-to-Prison Pipeline,” 7:00pm at McMenamins Kennedy School, all ages welcome.

Saturday 1/11:
– Free: Family Saturday at the Washington County Museum, 10:00am – 1:00pm.

Saturday 1/18:
– Free: Oregon Reads 2014 Kickoff with Kim Stafford, 2:00pm at the Tigard Public Library.

Monday 1/20:
MLK National Day of Service, spend part of this weekend on a service project and serve with others in our community! Hands on Portland has plenty of listings online for the United Way MLK Weekend of Service.
– Free: Admission to our National Parks is free today; check out Lewis & Clark National Historical Park and Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Tuesday 1/21:
– Free: Library workshop “Strategies for Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits,” 6:30pm at the Tualatin Public Library.
– Free: Cover Oregon presentation, 7:00pm at Garden Home Community Library.

Thursday 1/23:
– Free: Powell’s book event with author Jessica Alexander and her book “Chasing Chaos: My Decade in and out of Humanitarian Aid,” 7:30pm at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne.

Friday 1/24:
– free: Portland Art Museum Free Fourth Friday, admission is free for everyone from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.
– Free: Big Ass Boombox Music Festival, with 40 bands and 15 writers over four venues within walking distance of one another in downtown Portland. All ages.

Saturday 1/25:
– Free: 27th annual Fix-It-Fair, 9:30am – 3:00pm at Rosa Parks Elementary School.
– Free: Big Ass Boombox Music Festival, with 40 bands and 15 writers over four venues within walking distance of one another in downtown Portland. All ages.

Sunday 1/26:
– Free: William Stafford Birthday Celebration, 2:00pm at the Multnomah County Central Library.
– Free: Library workshop “Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning,” 2:00pm at the Northwest Library.

Monday 1/27:
– Free: Library workshop “Dealing with Debt: Strategies and Facts You Should Know,” 6:30pm at the St Johns Library meeting room.

Tuesday 1/28:
– Free: Library presentation “A Will is NOT Enough in Oregon,” 6:30pm at the Tualatin Public Library.
– Free: Portland Opera Presents a sneak peek of “Lucia di Lammermoor,” 7:00pm at the Beaverton City Library auditorium.

For more ideas on what to do this December, be sure to check out PDXPipeline!

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